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Date:2008-06-27 12:59
Subject:Toy U Want
Mood: amused

Hilarious! Devo is suing McDonalds over a Happy Meal toy that sports the familiar red hat. You go, Devo!! Make them pay.

McDonald's Sued By Devo Over Happy Meal Toy

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Date:2008-05-29 09:38
Subject:The Quietus

Our good friend, and the maniac that DJ'ed our wedding reception at the DNA Lounge, has a new music website. Filled with reviews and discussions of bands many of us know and love. As Gerry says, "Please pass the word around so he can finally acquire the life-sized solid gold Mark E. Smith statue he's always on about."


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Date:2008-05-15 09:36
Subject:The Presets

I have a ticket to see the Presets at Mezzanine next Wednesday and no date... who's going? Bueller?

Only listened to a portion of the new album so far and me likes.

Also, really like the Santogold CD. Finally listened to all of the new Goldfrapp album. Super mellow. Must say, I do prefer all the other albums, and if they're going to be mellow, I wish it was more like the Felt Mountain type of mellow. But, I think this one might grow on me over time.

We also picked up the Flight of the Conchords CD. All I can say is: yay. And: Gingerballs.

In other news, we were in Portland this past weekend and got to spend some quality time with mistresshellena, her boy, and magpiesf. Much fun was had. I like Portland a lot! Especially the hotel in which we stayed. Very shwanky... Highly recommend Hotel DeLuxe if you're ever in Portland.

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Date:2008-05-01 09:40
Subject:This is the kind of "problem" I like to have.
Mood: aggravated

We got a wedding invitation yesterday. The ex-head of Fujitsu (who is good friends with my dad) has invited us to his daughter's wedding. In France. In June. She is marrying this nice French fellow whose family owns a vineyard... in Champagne. We spent a day with this couple when we were in Tokyo back in 2006 and they are very sweet, fun people. And she claims that we inspired them to get hitched (awwww!). So, of course we want to go! It's going to be FABULOUS. Alas, we are not independently wealthy, I am out of vacation days, and the airfare alone would be around $3K. Grrrr...

Extremely low odds I can make this happen, but I will keep you all posted.

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Date:2008-04-29 12:16

Hubby and I went to Austin, TX this weekend to watch an old friend from high school tie the knot. Hubby was sick with a cold and most likely should have stayed home, but we did manage to have fun at the wedding. On Sunday, we visited with my best friend from childhood (who also lives in Austin...), her husband and her parents (they were basically my second family growing up). It was great to see all of them and catch up.

Managed to lose my Drivers License somewhere in the Austin airport yesterday (after security checkpoint, thank god) and figured it was gone for good... til we got home and some nice Texan had called and left a message to say it had been turned in and that they'd be mailing it back to me.

Texans=not all bad! :) Their highways and freeways, tho, are CRAZY. The end.

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Date:2008-04-20 17:03
Subject:Waves through the trees

Waves through the trees, originally uploaded by lalalydia.

We went to Hawaii (the Big Island) for a week and took some purty pictures. Please enjoy the set here:


Many thanks to our wonderful hosts enolarama and thrustoleum! We had an amazing time. We'd also like to thank nature for being so damn stunning.

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Date:2008-03-31 10:41
Subject:Tubs and Shorts Filled Weekend
Mood: accomplished

This weekend was all about tubs and shorts.

We are completely remodeling our master bathroom. By completely I mean all walls, floors, ceiling, fixtures, cabinets are GONE. I have visual aids which I will post soon. So, now we're madly trying to pick new fixtures. Our old tub was your standard 5 ft tub and pretty shallow. Like I'd need to scrunch down and turn on my side to be fully submerged. Lame.

We are changing the layout in the bathroom (it's a pretty small room... not like those pictures you see in the remodeling books where it's bigger than most bedrooms... ours is kind of L shaped and about 10' long by 6'7" in the widest spot, then appx 4' where it narrows towards the door). Changing where the tub is means the new tub could be longer, but not much wider.

So, we ran around the Bay Area this weekend looking at tubs, cause I couldn't really figure it out just by looking at stuff online. I like to touch things... or in this case climb into things. Did you know there's this awesome tub warehouse in Fremont where they let you climb into the empty tubs? That was quite fun. And that, my friends, was where I discovered that 6' long tubs are the bomb. I can fully stretch out flat! And we found a couple that were only 32" wide, so will fit in the designated area just fine. We're not going for the whirlpool or airbath, though, because we're not made of money. :)

Then, yesterday, I went to ohsochic Target and Mervyn's and bought a crapload of shorts* since we're off to Hawaii in 10 days! Woohoo! Now I must find a sunhat.

*I don't normally wear shorts thus don't own any. Because, really, who wants to see my white legs... plus, there's not THAT many warm days around here. I do have some sundresses, tho, and those are coming too.

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Date:2008-03-13 16:37
Mood: angry

My loss is your gain. Goldfrapp just announced a live date in SF... the same weekend that we'll be in Austin seeing a buddy of mine get hitched. Yes, I know the new album is different but we would not have missed seeing them live again. The mellow stuff from Felt Mountain was ALWAYS more awesome live, so I expect the new stuff will also be great.

My point is that I once again have a pre-sale code for Ticketbastard. I think it's good thru tomorrow (Fri) at 5pm.

Go here:


Click Find Tickets


Enjoy. Just don't tell me how the show was or I might have to punch you in the face.

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Date:2008-03-12 11:50
Subject:Eddie! I want half!

Attention anyone who enjoys Eddie Izzard. He's doing a new solo stand up show for three nights at the Orpheum Theater in July and there's a pre-sale on Ticket-bastard. Code is 1STRIP.

We are SO THERE! Love him to bits!

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Date:2008-02-06 15:10
Mood: working

Happy Daniel Ash Wednesday, everybody!

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Date:2008-01-31 09:51
Mood: happy

Things seem to have calmed down now that 2007 has passed. We have recently acquired a whole bunch of new fun gadgets... I am usually not one to buy the newest coolest thing. I am the one who, for example, waits for the Nintendo GameCube to be practically obsolete and then buys it on eBay for $35. But, mostly due to our recent nuptials, and all the fab people who gave us gifties (or cash) we now have a plasma tv (thanks Dad), a PS3, his 'n' hers Nintendo DSes (thanks to our D&D buddies), and I decided to buy myself a gift of a Mac Book Pro. Whee!

So it follows that I've been spending way too much time playing video games. The Ratchet and Clank game for PS3 was great, but too short (or am I too good at it?). And hubby bought us the Orange Box, so I've gotten almost all the way through Portal, which is awesome, and I am currently immersed in Half Life 2. Not usually a first-person-shooter kinda gal, but this one's fun and very atmospheric. On the DS, I am playing Zelda: The Phantom Hourglass. Love me them Zelda games!

Oh, and can I just say the Blade Runner Final Cut on Blu-Ray.... SO GORGEOUS.

And I promise promise that now that I have a computer that can better handle digital photos that I will try to get my damn photos from Japan up on my flickr page. I know you're all just dying to see them. :)

In other news, nephew number three, Mateo, was born almost three weeks ago. He's very cute! I am counting the days (okay years) until I can take the little guys to Disneyland and Comicon!! Or at least have them over to play video games. tee hee.

I am taking a Musical Theater Vocal Ensemble class at my work (A.C.T.) in an attempt to get over my singing stage fright... all the songs are Sondheim songs, which are challenging, especially for moi with very little musical theater experience. Most of my classmates have done way more musical theater. It's fun and I adore my teacher.

I am excitedly planning a bunch of trips for this spring... Hawaii (to visit enolarama and thrustoleum) and Austin in April and, hopefully, Portland in May to see mistresshellena. Can't wait!!

Uh, yeah. I think that's it for now.

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Date:2007-12-19 10:28
Subject:2007's reign of terror continues
Mood: angry

I don't want to seem whiny, but you know the year is bad when your new husband gets appendicitis, then on top of that a kidney stone, and THEN, when you're bringing said husband home from the hospital after his appendectomy, you get in a car accident. We're fine. The driver's side door has seen better days.

Would it be wrong to hide in our house until the year is over??? I am DONE with this year.

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Date:2007-11-04 20:23
Subject:Snaps from the reception @ DNA

_JJW4002.jpg, originally uploaded by lalalydia.

The photos, they are UP! Please enjoy a glimpse into our wedding reception, held at the DNA Lounge in San Francisco on October 21, 2007.

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Date:2007-10-18 16:39

Looking for a date to see Appomattox next Wednesday 10/24 at SF Opera. Starts @ 7:30 p.m.


Any takers?

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Date:2007-10-02 15:51
Subject:Sweeney Todd at A.C.T.

If any of you lovelies want to see Sweeney Todd at A.C.T. this week for 1/2 price, get in touch with me. As a staff member they have released a very limited number of tickets to us. Serious inquiries only, please! :)

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Date:2007-09-24 21:14
Subject:Liveblogging the "Mini-moon"
Mood: cold

I know I haven't blogged at all about the whole wedding weekend (which was great, by the way, though my nerves really took over from Saturday through the start of the ceremony on Sunday... eek!). But, I must share our misadventures now that we've arrived at the fabulous resort El Monte Sagrado in Taos. On initial arrival we were early to check in, but after first not thinking the room ready, it was discovered to be ready. When we got to the room, it was lovely. Though the cool remote control fireplace did not work. :( This proved to be ironic later. We decided to partake of the pool and hot tub. The hot tub was not hot. It was not even warm. The pool, however, was warmer than the hot tub. We called the "Guest Services" line, and they said they'd send over Engineering. Engineering turned out to be a blond dude with ponytail who proceed to take a two-second look at the hot tub and then place "Out of Order" signs on it and slink away. When he reappeared a bit later, I decided to ask when it might be fixed. He was very noncommittal about it, saying possibly the next day. The front desk was equally uninformative. So, we decided we'd take a nice warm bath together later on. Fast forward to later on... Gerry made a joke that I'd better make sure there was hot water before I filled up the tub. Hmm. Three guesses. NO HOT WATER!!! Another call to the front desk and another visit from Mr. Blond Ponytail. He futsed about with some stuff and said he turned the boiler up, that they were at capacity, and perhaps some other guests had used all the hot water up. At 10:30 p.m.

I am having Gerry call this time as I might be unpleasant. Or start crying. Looks like they may upgrade us.

I'll post more as the fun continues...

Have been moved to luxury two-bedroom suite with it's own hot tub and hopefully working hot water. Newlyweds are MUCH happier now. :)

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Date:2007-09-13 11:49
Subject:Countdown to wedded bliss...
Mood: excited

10 days to go. I found out last night that my aunt and uncle are planning to crash the ceremony in New Mexico. Tact, people... tact. Don't you just love family? I am not feeding them. I cannot reward such behavior! :) My mother has now decided she really wants Gerry and I to have a baby. This from the woman who, only a few years ago, said she didn't mind when I told her I hoped she didn't want any grandkids! My only thought is that she has a lot of relatives around her that are my age and having babies. Also, she did have a brush with death (tm) earlier this year... realizing one's mortality might make you want grandchildren. So, I wonder if I actually had one (which I am not planning, don't worry), would that mean she'd actually come and visit me ever??? Doubtful.

My stepmom, at my request, has knit me the most beautiful shawl for the wedding. It can be seen here on her BLOG (her yarn store in Taos has a blog):

Meanwhile, this weekend will be all about organizing and packing for the trip. We leave on Wednesday and will be in Santa Fe and Taos for 8 days. Woo!!

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Date:2007-08-23 14:55
Subject:How did THAT happen?
Mood: anxious

One month from today, I am getting freakin' married, people!


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Date:2007-08-10 09:47

Happy birthday, linkaloo!!!

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Date:2007-06-29 09:30
Subject:Wedding photographer

For our wedding in Santa Fe in September, I am thrilled to be using the same photographer that melting_girl had for her wedding, Heather Powell... but, boy, if I had all the money in the world, I totally would have loved to use this Santa Fe based photographer, Ben Chrisman. Last night I discovered he has a blog (of course). This guy's photos are serious art, people! And he sounds like a really fun guy.

Heather will be great, though! :)

This wedding is really creeping up, by the way! Eek!

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